My Wife Sue and I co-founded Beautiful Gate Lesotho in June 2001. Our main project had been providing a haven of care for over 350 abandoned and HIV/AIDS affected children between 0-6 years since we began. Many of these children came from tragic situations, some having been left in terrible places, with little hope of survival. Gladly many have found their way to the center.
We built a care center (now valued at around R15 million), between 2004 and 2011 and worked with Social welfare in repatriating over 60 children with families and placed over 170 with adoptive parents worldwide. We lost 33 children mainly to AIDS related illnesses between 2001-2011. The Center currently cares for 60 children in residence.
Currently Beautiful Gate employs 40 Basotho staff, providing much needed income to families in a country that has a very high employment rate. As a not for profit organisation Beautiful Gate Lesotho has in the past and still relies on gifts and donations to operate and provide quality care for the children at our center.
In the first 10 years of Beautiful Gate Lesotho, we encouraged individuals, churches and organisations to come alongside the ministry in giving these children a place to be safe, loved and developed, preparing them for new families who can give them a second chance in life. As a result there are literally thousands of people world wide who have got involved and contributed to the growth of the organisation.
In October 2011, just over 10 years after founding and establishing Beautiful Gate as a highly regarded care facility, we felt God leading us into a new season of ministry resulting in a move to Cape Town, South Africa. We will assume the new role of “grandparents” of Beautiful Gate Lesotho. The Center will be ably run by a new Operations Director and leadership team into the next 10 years. They need and appreciate your support as they continue to love the fatherless.